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Gerard Hales
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...and a first post to get me started. Hi! I've done a bit of City Farming and other work at places like Findhorn, Mum (RIP died recently -might involve Monsanto, more to follow-), hosted an open garden in Torrington N.Devon and worked as a volunteer at RHS Rosemoor. I have a large area (for a one bed council flat), front and back..(more at the back), and have been cultivating organic potatoes on good Hampshire clay (Southampton), for a few years (had a fallow year last year following an accident with Actinovatetm indoors -more to follow-),, Anyhoo this year I brought all the elements together (although I was slightly early with the seed which weren't quite fulsome), planting by lunar and achieved an impressive result. A few of the plants are now over a metre tall, most top out at about 80cm from above top of earthing. I've worked and limed (or  calcified seaweed -better as a long term measure-), in the off seasons to break down very heavy clay and it has worked, trouble was I should have supported the plants just managing to save them when we got those late spring blasts. The provision of a bamboo stake at each end and gently looping twine simply to"hug" the plants has done the trick...beautiful purple flower (I will check variety again for you..they are early main-crop with good blight and scab resistance), ..

regards G
 
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